The Living Lent Daily e-mail series for 2021 will be filled with lessons of hope and courage. Inspired by the new book, I Am with You: Lessons of Hope and Courage in Times of Crisis by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, our daily reflections will encourage us in confusing and turbulent times. Featured authors include Cardinal Dolan, Pope Francis, Vinita Hampton Wright, and Becky Eldredge. The messages also include suggestions for further exploration of Lenten themes through additional online articles and prayers.
Take time each day for Living Lent Daily, and prepare your heart for a new appreciation of the journey to Easter.
CAFOD Walk for Water
Walk for Water is the only Lent challenge you need: 10,000 steps a day – done your way. Every day. For 40 days. Go the distance this Lent and help to end water poverty here.
At St Mary’s Jayne and Mick Fagan have taken the initiative and set up a just giving page at www.justgiving.com/jayne-fagan3 You can help with the “Big Walk for Water with CAFOD” by sponsoring them. Their target is to reach £750 to fund the building of a well for a remote community that has no water.
Your support will help people like Abdella, who is 23 who spends 10 hours a day to walk to get water. Abdella lives in Afar, Ethiopia one of the hottest places on earth. He spends most of a day getting water for his family to drink. On the days when he’s too tired to walk, his brother goes. He knows that if there was water near his home, his family wouldn’t have to worry about getting enough to stay alive. And he could start on the dreams he has for the rest of his life.
So if you can please sponsor them to get that well built!
St Edward’s Traditional Coin Collection for Lent
During Lent, many of us are reminded once again to examine our lifestyles and ask, “What can we do for others?” Lent is a good time to commit to giving money to a project that helps those in need. One way to involve the whole family is to collect coins during the season of Lent, then donate what has been collected after Easter. Follow the Coins for Lent Giving Calendar as a guide, it suggests giving one coin for each of the items named that you have in your home. (Eg One coin for each tap in your home)
Usually we give out cups at St Edward’s for people to take home and fill, but this year perhaps you could make your own container to collect the money. Use a plastic tub, or a jar, or a coin bank that you aren’t currently using in your home. Decorate it and place it where all can see.
Items on the daily guide will remind us of all we have and how little others may have. Each Sunday, take time to pray as a family for the project for which you are collecting money and the people who will benefit from your gifts. Our giving begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes with Holy Saturday. In Lent and always, Sundays are for worship and praise to God.
Rosary in Igbo
On the first Sunday of the month, beginning today (7th February) a group will meet online and prayer the rosary together in Igbo. It will provide an opportunity for people to gather and pray in their own native language.
We are inviting you to a scheduled Zoom Prayer meeting.
The Mother of Christ leads us to Christ, and Christ leads us to the Father through meditating upon his mysteries on earth when we recite the rosary prayer.
We pray for Strong Catholic Faith. Prayer time is a good time, for prayer is the key and also weapon against the evil forces. (Ephesians 6:10 – 20 Whole Armour of God) Join us:
Everyone is invited to pray the Rosary on Thursdays at 7.30pm. In the words of Pope Saint John Paul II, the Rosary is a beautiful way to deepen our love for Christ by joining our Lady in meditating on His life.
Meeting ID 661-429-4393
At the Church of Christ the Cornerstone, along with Milton Keynes Mission Partnership, we are piloting this @gentlespaces” initiative.
It aims to offer:
• a place for those who grieve
• in a group setting
• hosted and facilitated by trained volunteers
• at a range of times via zoom
• and a free service
We do not offer
• a counselling service
• support for those under 18
We are based in MK, with volunteers from local churches and trained in bereavement support. Contact number 01908-382218 10-12 am or 6-8pm Mon, Weds, Fri to book.
Open Meeting of churches together in Newport PagnellOpen meeting of Churches Together in Newport Pagnell, this Wednesday 8pm
Every once in a while, it’s good to stop, step back and think. As we start the new year, Churches Together in Newport Pagnell are holding a meeting to reflect and pray on its purpose and role. The meeting takes place this Wednesday 27 January @ 8.00pm via Zoom. The link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87385144514
Meeting ID: 873 8514 4514
Catholic response to the environmental crisis
Used batteries from laptops, tablets, phones, power tools etc are causing hundreds of fires a year at waste and recycling centres, Don’t throw them away in household waste. Use battery recycling points in shops and recycling centres or separate battery kerbside collection.
You can see which batteries Milton Keynes council collects in the yellow kerbside bags here.
A number of people have once again enquired about ways in which they can support the work of our parishes financially during this time. You can do so in one of three ways:
(1) STANDING ORDER VIA YOUR OWN BANK
You can set up a standing order for donations to your parish using either your on line bank account or in branch. The information required to make the donation is as follows:
Sort Code: 60-06-11
Account Name: 46898093
Account Name: Northampton Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust
Payment Ref: **Please enter the Parish Name and Area**
(2) CALL THE FINANCE OFFICE AND DONATE OVER THE PHONE
Every Tuesday between 10am – 4pm, a member of the Diocesan Finance Team will be available for you to donate to one of our Parishes over the telephone. To donate simply call 01604 712065 with your debit or credit card details. The money will go directly to the parish that you designate.
(3) ONLINE DONATION
It is possible to donate online using the link below and specifying the Parish that you wish to donate in both the “Leave a Message” section and the “Leave your name / nickname” sections. This will ensure that any donations will go towards the Parish you wish to support. Link
PLEASE EMAIL ITEMS TO: firstname.lastname@example.org. DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: 3pm Wednesday.